New fire stations for Foster and Yarram under The Nationals
The Foster and Yarram communities will be better protected with both towns to get new fire stations if The Nationals are elected to government in November, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has announced.
Mr O’Brien was joined by Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin and volunteer firefighters at each station on Monday for the announcement that The Nationals and Liberals will commit a total of $5.1 million to see the much-needed facilities built.
“I am delighted that we are able to make this announcement. Since being elected in 2015 I have continuously raised concerns with the Andrews Labor Government that our local fire stations are not fit-for-purpose and lobbied for funding to have them replaced.
“Our volunteer firefighters need to have modern, up-to-date facilities and we will deliver them if elected.”
The Foster station will be rebuilt with a $2.6 million investment, with the location to be finalised in consultation with the local brigade and CFA.
“The Foster brigade volunteers can barely get their truck into the outdated shed. A new station at a new location with adequate space for volunteers to change and train will improve response times and benefit our whole community,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This announcement is also a credit to Foster brigade captain David Jones who has been a fierce advocate for his crew and community.”
The commitment will see $2.5 million allocated for Yarram’s new station to be built next door to the current ambulance station in Commercial Road on land already purchased by the CFA.
“This will give Yarram a modern emergency services complex in a central location,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The current station is out-dated and not designed to cater for modern trucks. It’s too cramped and not safe for the brigade volunteers.”
Mr Battin said he was proud to be a part of a Liberal-Nationals team putting the needs of the community first by supporting local volunteer firefighters.
“We’ve seen the Andrews Labor Government continuously seek to appease the United Firefighters Union at the expense of our local volunteer firefighters,” Mr Battin said.
“I’m proud to be allocate resources to where they are needed most and to ensure that our volunteers have the facilities and equipment they need.”
This commitment is in addition to Mr O’Brien’s announcement in April of $2.1 million for a new fire station in Mirboo North, representing a total $7.2 million investment by The Nationals in local emergency services.